Archive for the ‘Research Findings’ Category

BMI Can Be Misleading – But How Often Is It?

In the past few years, BMI (Body Mass Index) has come under a lot of fire for being an inaccurate measure of health. Because BMI only takes height and weight into account, an individual with a low body fat percentage but high muscle mass could be categorized as overweight or obese according to BMI. Similarly, an individual […]

Rather than Focusing on Weight, Focus on Actual Indicators of Health

In a Letter to the Editor, Dr. T and DiSH lab collaborator Jeff Hunger respond to an article recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, “Probability of an obese person attaining normal body weight: cohort study using electronic health records” (Fildes et al., 2015). In the original article, authors discuss the relatively low […]

New paper from Laura & Dr. T!

Comfort eating is certainly delicious, but does it really comfort us? In a new paper recently published in Appetite, DiSH lab grad student Laura and Dr. T investigate whether or not comfort eating can actually decrease our perceptions of psychological stress. Specifically, they were curious to find out how comfort eating may function in depressed […]

What you didn’t know you learned in college -The order effect of marriage and education

Ample research has indicated a positive relationship between weight gain and marriage, as well as a negative relationship between obesity and the earning of a college degree. However, findings from a recent study add a puzzling contribution to the proposed effect of these factors; it indicates that the order in which people go about college […]

Exercisers have the upper hand, regardless of body size

One of the many things we look at here in the DiSH lab is how health can come in many different sizes and several of our studies emphasize the importance of understanding that weight is not a good indicator of health. Results from a recent study conducted at the University of Cambridge mirror this paradigm. […]

Misperceptions about children’s weight (and what to do about it!)

As you may know, Dr. T was featured in Larry Mantle’s KPCC Air Talk last week where she discussed the issue of parent’s misperceptions of their children’s weight and what parents can do in order to improve their children’s health habits. If the thought-provoking interview intrigued you, here is some more information about the NYU […]

DiSH lab presenting at PURC!

So proud of our two research assistants, Bernice and Diana, who did such an awesome job presenting their posters at the Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) last Friday! Laura Finch, one of the graduate students in the DiSH lab, also did a fabulous job mentoring them both.      Diana in front of her poster Bernice […]

External cues and food choice -Three winning strategies that improve healthy eating

Findings from a study conducted by the Cornell Food and Brand lab emphasize the importance of external cues in eating behavior, and propose three secrets to healthier eating: make the healthiest choice more convenient, more attractive, and more normal! The researchers analyzed 112 studies that had looked at healthy eating behaviors, and found that some […]

One Size Does Not Fit All -The need for tailoring in obesity treatment

Researchers from the University of Sheffield once again showed that the too commonly proposed “one-size fits all” paradigm for weight-loss falls short when it comes to providing successful treatment for obesity. The authors of the study observed that obese individuals are currently all treated the same, regardless of how healthy they are, where they live, […]

Sugar high or sugar low? How sugar influences the stress response

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service brings up an interesting finding that might help explain why it is so hard to break the soda habit; drinking sugar sweetened beverages can suppress cortisol and the stress response in the brain. The […]